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Streamline Your Food and Beverage Supply Chain: 5 Useful Tips

Feb 17, 2018

Getting the supply chain management right for companies in the food and beverage industry is a tricky process, considering the high perishability and time-sensitivity of the materials handled. Therefore, the processing and product-to-market functions must be completed within strict deadlines. In addition, strict regulations enforced by bodies like FDI makes it mandatory for food and beverage companies to follow such regulations. If these standards are not adhered to, it could result in product recalls and even severe actions against the company. To streamline the supply chain management, companies can implement an enterprise-level software solution that will help in efficiently managing complex functionalities. Software solutions with dynamic features will help players in the food and beverage industry to gain an accurate and real-time overview of the processes. Thus, ensuring better reporting and decision-making capabilities for the business.

Food and beverage companies can keep tabs on their supply chain activities using advanced software soluSE_Demo2tions in the following ways:

Cloud ERP software

Modern businesses are finding great utility in cloud computing. A cloud ERP software provides some unique opportunities for managing the food and beverage supply chain. Continuous server connectivity is one of the critical benefits of the cloud-based software. They have real-time access to workflow data and enable quicker communication between storage houses. Also, software hosted on cloud servers also can be updated more regularly instead of relying on manual upgrades. However, a significant drawback here is that cloud-based ERP systems are not universally compatible, and the overall efficiency of these solutions largely depends on the size of the business.

Accurate forecasting

The change in consumer taste and preferences has heavily impact the food and beverage industry. Therefore, the ability to accurately predict the change in trends is crucial for maintaining the food and beverage supply chain. Advanced data analytics can help companies to predict the future trends correctly and take timely action to combat the challenges. They also provide food and beverage companies with an informative overview of their supply chain. Additionally, they can better monitor past and current trends and formulate forecasts for future developments.

Mobile Access

With the advent of modern technology, it is now possible to access real-time data and make informed decisions. Advanced software solutions are designed to incorporate smartphone and tablet computer compatibility to expand operational functionality. With mobile access, food and beverage companies can engage in sending and receiving data remotely in real-time, enabling faster dissemination of information and improved decision-making in supply chain activities.

Adaptability to change

The demand in the food and beverage industry is highly dynamic, which requires solutions that have the capability of adapting to these changing requirements. The software solution implemented must also be able to boost new growth within the organization. Hence, food and beverage businesses need to possess customizable systems with open architecture frameworks to adapt to the changing needs of customers.

Adhere to compliance

Players in the food and beverage industry are under the scrutiny of the FDA and other regulatory bodies, and complying to these agencies could put pressure on supply chain processes. Automating procedures and addressing obligations are key to streamlining production and distribution in this sector. Companies can use reliable software solutions that will enable more precise inventory control to ensure all necessary materials are kept track of. This can further help companies to avoid unwanted regulatory actions and recalls.


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